Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Chelyabinsk officials introduce measures to improve public utility, housing services

Officials in the Chelyabinsk region recently introduced a number of legislative provisions aimed at improving the efficiency of the region's public utility and housing services.

At the start of 2014, the growth rate of the Chelyabinsk's utility services increased by 4.6 percent, approximately the same as the inflation rate. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has modeled the most recent increase in utility rates to meet the framework of inflation, Pravda.ru reports.

"For utilities, a federal law--according to which the increase in payments for the year may not exceed the rate of inflation," Chelyabinsk Deputy Housing and Communal Services Chairman Alexander Sidyakin said, according to Pravda.ru. "For utilities, there are only six: hot and cold water, heating, drainage, electricity and gas--the rates cannot rise by more than inflation. Minus 30 percent, that is on average 4.2 [percent] to six percent. Such growth can be."

Siyadkin said that while the regional government has the authority to regulate public utilities, federal law does not regulate housing services, adding that while the government cannot protect citizens from housing costs it can ensure they are paying a fair price.

Meanwhile, Chelyabinsk regional committee member Boris Dubrovsky championed legislation that will help improve the quality of life for regional citizens, Pravda.ru reports.

"The most important thing is that our decisions have serious social orientation," Dubrovsky said, according to Pravda.ru. "In the Urals Federal District, leaders we support the population. Importantly, this is not a one-time decision, and long-term program. At the forum Housing we decided that growth rates should not exceed inflation. It should work very seriously with utility organizations. We will study in detail its development program, the formation expenses and cost of services."

Area officials have allocated approximately $40 million from the regional budget for housing organizations in order to ensure that expenses passed along to consumers do not exceed a growth rate of 4.6 percent this year. The allocation will be used to update utilities within the units to be more energy efficient.

"Reducing the cost of heat and electricity production will be achieved by upgrading and implementation of resource efficient technologies," Tatiana Kuchits, the chairman of Chelyabinsk's United Tariff Body, said, according to Pravda.ru. "Only strict control authorities and the public, literate, thoughtful measures to create a modern and efficient municipal system, use of advanced technology will make the housing sector profitable, and services to comply with the people of of our time. Such a problem in the South Urals clearly delivered, measures to achieve identified and work on the implementation of the program has already started. The key to success-- a strategic approach."